Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)1
of the Committee of Ministers to member states

regarding co-operation against terrorism between the Council of Europe and its member states, and the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO-Interpol)

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 18 January 2007
at the 984th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Recalling that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve a greater unity among its members;

Bearing in mind the resolutions relating to terrorism adopted at the 24th, 25th and 26th Conferences of European Ministers of Justice – held respectively in Moscow (4-5 October 2001); Sofia (9-10 October 2003) and Helsinki (7-8 April 2005) – which stress the need to continue strengthening international co-operation;

Bearing in mind United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) calling on states to work together urgently to prevent and suppress terrorist acts, including through increased co-operation, and in particular operative paragraphs 2.g and 3.a and b;

Bearing in mind United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1617 (2005) and 1699 (2006) regarding co-operation between the United Nations and the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol);

Bearing in mind United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/60/288 on the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy encouraging member states, the United Nations and other appropriate international, regional and sub-regional organisations to support the implementation of the strategy, including through mobilising resources and expertise, and its Action Plan, in particular paragraphs II.4, II.8, II.13, II.15 and II.16 regarding co-operation with Interpol;

Bearing in mind Council of Europe Recommendations Rec(2005)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states concerning identity and travel documents and the fight against terrorism and Rec(2005)10 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on “special investigation techniques” in relation to serious crimes, including acts of terrorism, which encourage member states to co-operate with other member states and, where appropriate, with international law-enforcement bodies, such as Interpol;

Bearing in mind Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1044 (1986) on International Crime and Recommendation 1426 (1999) on European democracies facing up to terrorism, in particular paragraph 16.viii which recommends that the Committee of Ministers encourage member states to co-operate together more closely within Interpol;

Bearing in mind the “Progress report on future areas for the work of the Council of Europe in the fight against terrorism” prepared by the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) and the decisions of the Committee of Ministers on the basis thereof;

Bearing in mind the resolution adopted at the 3rd high-level multilateral meeting of the Ministries of the Interior in Warsaw (17-18 March 2005), and in particular paragraph 15 requesting the Council of Europe to ensure that its different bodies contribute as much as possible to the prevention and control of terrorism;

Bearing in mind the Constitution of Interpol, and in particular Article 2, which states that the aims of Interpol are “to ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities within the limits of the laws existing in the different countries and in the spirit of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’” and “to establish and develop all institutions likely to contribute effectively to the prevention and suppression of ordinary law crimes”;

Recalling the agreement between the Council of Europe and Interpol of February 1960;

Acknowledging the important role that Interpol plays in the fight against terrorism;

Convinced that enhanced co-operation between the Council of Europe and its member states and Interpol would strengthen states' anti-terrorism law-enforcement capacity,

Recommends that governments of member states use, in accordance with national law, the tools offered by Interpol against terrorism, namely the global police communications system I-24/7, the relevant databases and the real-time, operational support for police services as set out in the appendix to this recommendation; and

Instructs the Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) to follow-up the implementation of the recommendation in member states in co-operation with Interpol.

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Appendix to Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)1
of the Committee of Ministers to member states
regarding co-operation against terrorism between the Council of Europe and its member states, and the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO-Interpol)

Interpol offers three types of basic anti-terrorist law-enforcement tools structured around secure communications, access to essential data, and operational assistance and support.

These tools are:

1. A global police communications system: the I-24/7;

2. Databases containing essential police information and analysis tools, presently including:

    2.1 The nominal database,
    2.2 The stolen vehicle database,
    2.3 The stolen travel documents database,
    2.4 The DNA database,
    2.5 The fingerprint database;

3. Real-time, operational support for police work worldwide, via the Command and Co-ordination Centre at the General Secretariat which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; regional support structures (the Interpol Sub-Regional Bureaus) and national structures (the Interpol National Central Bureaus), including the implementation of operations or targeted projects on priority or specific types of crime and a notice system designed to warn police departments about wanted persons, which also comes within the context of co-operation with other international bodies.



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